Disney announces that a live-action reimagining of Moana is in development

Apr 03, 2023 in "Walt Disney Studios"

Posted: Monday April 3, 2023 1:25pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

At today's Walt Disney Company shareholder meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Disney is developing a live-action reimagining of Moana.

No details yet on a release date, and Dwayne Johnson, the voice of Maui, said the process is still in its early stages.

Originally released as a 2016 Disney animated feature, the hit movie inspired a new Journey of Water attraction opening later this year at EPCOT.

“I’m deeply humbled and overcome with gratitude to bring the beautiful story of Moana to the live-action big screen,” said Johnson, who plans to return to the fictional world to set sail with Moana. “This story is my culture, and this story is emblematic of our people’s grace and warrior strength. I wear this culture proudly on my skin and in my soul, and this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reunite with Maui—inspired by the mana and spirit of my late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia—is one that runs very deep for me. I want to thank my partners at Disney for their strong commitment to this special endeavor, because there is no better world for us to honor the story of our people, our passion, and our purpose than through the realm of music and dance, which is at the core of who we are as Polynesian people.”

Cravalho, a Native Hawaiian actor who helped shape the protagonist in the original film, said Moana’s reach is sweeping. “She has had such a profound impact on how we think of Disney princesses,” Cravalho explained. “Moana’s strength and perseverance are inspiring—to audiences around the world, to me, and to everyone who helped bring her to life. I’m looking forward to sharing her story in a whole new way.”

Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production (Disney Live Action), said the film will join a successful lineup of live-action adaptations that includes Beauty and the Beast (2017), Aladdin (2019), and the highly anticipated The Little Mermaid, opening in theaters May 26. “It’s still early,” Bailey said, “but the idea of working with these fantastic partners to tell such a meaningful story on a live-action canvas, particularly as we celebrate 100 years of storytelling at Disney, is thrilling.”

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DCBakerJun 13, 2023

The Live-Action Moana film has been dated for June 27, 2025.

DCBakerMay 31, 2023

THR is reporting Dwayne Johnson will return as Maui. As @MisterPenguin posted earlier, Thomas Kail will direct. "Thomas Kail, the Tony Award-winning director of Broadway’s Hamilton, has been tapped to direct Disney’s live-action take on the studio’s 2016 animated musical sensation Moana. Disney announced the remake earlier this spring and has secured Dwayne Johnson to return to the role of Maui, the grandiose demigod of the wind and sea. Johnson is producing via his Seven Bucks Productions along with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Beau Flynn is also producing via Flynn Picture Co. Jared Bush, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie, penned the remake, along with Dana Ledoux Miller." https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/moana-live-action-remake-director-thomas-kail-1235502170/

DKampyMay 30, 2023

When I first heard the song I dislike it, but seeing Scuttlebutt performed in the movie… it sort of works…it’s catchy and it is suppose to seem kind of awful in an awkafina seagull kind of way

LittleBufordMay 30, 2023

The “live-action” Scuttle is actually a gannet, but I don’t think that changes your point.

Disney IrishMay 30, 2023

Her voice is actually perfect for a seagull, so it works for me.

LittleBufordMay 30, 2023

I don’t get the hate; it’s exactly what one would expect of the character. Perhaps what people are reacting to is Awkwafina’s performance (which I’m not a fan of) more than the song itself.

Disney IrishMay 30, 2023

I have to admit the song has grown on me as its kinda catchy.

LittleBufordMay 30, 2023

“The Scuttlebutt” was cowritten with Menken.

Disstevefan1May 30, 2023

It's gotta be good, it's got the Rock in it. ;)

MickeyLuv'rMay 30, 2023

This is a little funny, because I recently watched the Flight of the Conchords S1Ep6- called Bowie. It might have been the inspiration. (I kinda like Shiny. Yes, it sticks out from the rest of the film, but that is part of why I sorta like it.)

MarvelCharacterNerdMay 30, 2023

I LOVE LMM and I LOVE Moana, but I absolutely HATED "Shiny" as I thought it so didn't fit with the rest of the soundtrack. That said, a while later, I saw a live version of the song that was outstanding and instantly loved the song - and I realized, the problem was not the song - it was Jermaine Clement's performance of it that was so annoying. :p The song itself is actually great, when it's not sung in a terribly distracting "I'm trying to sound like David Bowie and failing epically" way. ;) For those who hated the movie version of the song - check it out 12 minutes into this video and see if you like it better this way:

EPCOT-O.G.May 29, 2023

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a production pause on this one after TLM’s box office.

MagicHappens1971May 29, 2023

I like LMM, wasn’t saying that he writes bad songs, and am a big Hamilton fan. Just feel that Scuttlebutt & Shiny are in the same camp. Just my opinon

erasure fan1May 29, 2023

That's an insult to bad. Scuttlebutt might be the worst song in a Disney movie ever. It was absolutely awful. Lol